I have had a few epiphanies recently on what my life may yet have to include. And they happened on a treadmill at the YMCA. The first was a new aspiration to do public speaking. I was sparked with this concept when I read ,”Writers should speak “. I have plenty to say apparently. And people are often moved and inspired by a powerful speaker. So if you want to truly affect people, you should say something compelling enough out loud to move them.

I listened to a seminar on the subject, took notes, and wrote out my topics. Now to just get down to the actual speech writing. And practice it. And find a venue to pay me. 2016.

Meanwhile, this past week I realized that what I think I might love to do for fun and connection is host a meet-up of like-minds. Ask and invite my dear readership and fellow beloved bloggers to join me in a chatty-get-to-know-one-another and support-one-another type of thing.

Fiona and Eamon playing nicely from

So I’ll put it out to you, understanding that many may be rather far away to attend, and say, what do you say? Would you like to get together and meet up with like-minded peeps? What would that look like? What might you want to gain support or even accountability for. Is this a potluck, a restaurant back room, or lunch hour? What do you think? I have been tickled and flattered at the amount of people who have told me they really liked what I was saying and how I was saying it. Often they tell me in an almost guilty pleasure kinds way like they shouldn’t be. Well I wouldn’t be writing what I do if I minded you reading. And I truly value and appreciate every lovin’ word you’ve handed me back.

So think about it and get back to me. If you know me, email me. If you’re on Facebook, post or message me on the Shalavee Facebook page. If you can leave a comment here, please do. Find me and tell me what you think. I can’t wait to hear back from you.




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For Me

As summer traipses on, there’s a definite note of what needs to happen next. Did eight year old Eamon get enough exercise today? When was the last time Fiona pooped? Oops, now she needs a bath since it exploded up her back after the peach juice “helping” bottle. Can Eamon have computer time? Can he get off the computer in a timely fashion? Oh is it time to make dinner already? When was the last time I changes the sheets? When was the last time I posted? ETC.

I said to a friend, “I’m in need of some summer time for me”.

She said, “How about if we hang out by a pool with a little shade for the baby and we can take turns jumping in and out.”

Excellent idea. Until I had to cancel it today. Mum Mum’s weekend visits rerouted to Fridays because of beach traffic horrendous-ness.

I went to the YMCA yesterday. I think it was yesterday. Fiona goes to child watch where she can watch all the childs doing stuff. Eamon leans over the shoulders of little boys playing their DS’s, hand-held computer gamey thing-a-mys that he can’t have, and I get on the treadmill.

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I get on the same one because it’s straight back.  I’m only doing about 2 miles total running and walking. I feel good about myself when I do this before 11 am on any given day. And I get to listen to music for an hour. I am listening to the new Lumineers album right now.

I looked up, as I do since I’m facing a wall (bad layout), and this is what I saw.

for me

Stay tuned and soon, I’ll let you know what I have been doing for me.

Have a lovely weekend and do something just for you.